Template:Use dmy dates Template:Infobox football biography Karen Julia Carney, Template:Post-nominals (born 1 August 1987) is an English international football winger. She is signed to Chelsea Ladies of the FA WSL and is a member of the England women's national football team. Since making her senior debut in 2005, Carney has made more than 100 appearances for England, including at the 2005, 2009 and 2013 European Championships and the World Cup in 2007, 2011 and 2015. She also competed with the Great Britain team at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Twice named FA Young Player of the Year, Carney emerged at Birmingham City under the management of Marcus Bignot. After staying with the club for a further season following their financial collapse in 2005, she signed for Arsenal and experienced great success in 2006–07 – winning the UEFA Women's Cup and all three domestic trophies. Following two seasons in the American Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) with Chicago Red Stars, Carney rejoined Birmingham ahead of the 2011 FA WSL.

Club careerEdit

Start at Birmingham CityEdit

Carney joined Birmingham City L.F.C. at the age of 11 and played at various age levels for the club alongside the likes of Eniola Aluko, Hazzana Parnell and Laura Bassett. She made her first-team debut for Birmingham City in the FA Women's Premier League National Division against Fulham L.F.C. at the age of 14.

Move to ArsenalEdit

Carney joined Arsenal L.F.C. on 13 July 2006,[1] and played a major part in the team that won four major honours in the 2006/07 season: the FA Women's Premier League, FA Women's Cup, FA Women's Premier League Cup, and the UEFA Women's Cup. She made 21 appearances in the Premier League in her first season and scored 10 goals. In all competitions, she made 36 appearances and scored 13 goals.

The following season saw Carney take on a greater role at Arsenal. She made 20 Premier League appearances and scored 10 goals. In all competitions, she made 34 appearances and scored 17 goals.

2008–2009 marked Carney's final season with Arsenal. She made 13 Premier League appearances and scored eight goals. In all competitions, she made 21 appearances and scored 12 goals.

Headed overseasEdit

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Chicago Red Stars of the WPS made Carney their first signing on 27 January 2009.[2] It was confirmed the following day by Arsenal.[3]

She was selected by Chicago Red Stars in the third round (19th overall) of the 2008 WPS International Draft. She joined Head Coach Emma Hayes, who had served as Arsenal Ladies Football Club's first team assistant coach.

In the inaugural 2009 Women's Professional Soccer season, Carney appeared in and started 17 games (1471 minutes) and scored two goals while assisting on another.

Return to Birmingham CityEdit

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When Chicago Red Stars folded ahead of their 2011 season, Carney re-signed for Birmingham City.[4] She scored the winning goal and was Player of the Match in the 2012 FA Women's Cup Final.[5] In October 2014 Carney was fined and received a one-match suspension for an incident in July when she told opposition player Natalia Pablos to "fuck off back to Spain".[6] In the last game of the 2014 FA WSL season, she missed a penalty in Birmingham City's 2–2 draw with Notts County which cost them the league title.[7]

Carney became the first woman to be inducted into Birmingham City's Hall of Fame in March 2015.[8] She scored two penalties in Birmingham's 3–0 win at relegation-bound Bristol Academy in September 2015, to help secure the club's WSL 1 status.[9]


In December 2015 Carney left Birmingham for the second time in her career, transferring to FA WSL champions Chelsea on a lucrative two-year contract. She was described as "world-class" by Chelsea coach Emma Hayes, who previously worked with Carney at Arsenal and Chicago Red Stars.[10]

In October 2018, after Carney's ninth-minute penalty kick saw Chelsea labour to a 1–0 Champions League win over Fiorentina, she was subject to sexist online criticism by internet trolls.[11]

International careerEdit


Carney made her senior international debut in England's 4–1 victory over Italy in 2005, coming off the bench to score England’s fourth goal. She became the youngest player to be handed a senior debut during Hope Powell's reign as England coach.

She then went on to become an integral part of the team at the UEFA Women's Euro 2005 later that year, including scoring a last-minute, game-winning goal in the 3–2 win over Finland, which earned her significant media attention.

Carney won the FA National Young Player of the Year award in 2005 and 2006. In August 2009 she was named in coach Hope Powell's squad for Euro 2009.[12] In the semi-final win over the Netherlands, Powell utilised 20-year-old Jessica Clarke's pace and energy to tire the Dutch full-backs, before introducing substitute Carney to decisive effect.[13]

She received her 100th cap in a 3–0 loss to Germany at Wembley Stadium on November 23, 2014.[14] She is only the fourth English woman to reach that milestone.

In May 2015, England manager Mark Sampson named Carney in his final squad for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, hosted in Canada.[15] Carney scored in England's 2–1 group stage wins over Mexico[16] and Colombia.[17] England eventually finished third.

Carney was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to football.[18]

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list England's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Scored
1 17 February 2005 National Hockey Stadium, Milton Keynes Template:Fbw 4–1 Friendly 1
2 9 March 2005 Paderne Template:Fbw 4–0 2005 Algarve Cup 1
3 5 June 2005 City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester Template:Fbw 3–2 2005 UEFA Championship 1
4 9 March 2006 Carrow Road, Norwich Template:Fbw 1–0 Friendly 1
5 8 March 2007 National Hockey Stadium, Milton Keynes Template:Fbw 6–0 Friendly 1
6 25 November 2007 New Meadow, Shrewsbury Template:Fbw 1–0 2009 UEFA Championship Qual. 1
7 28 September 2008 Ďolíček, Prague Template:Fbw 5–1 UEFA Euro 2009 Qual. 1
8 2 October 2008 Estadio Ruta de la Plata, Spain Template:Fbw 2–2 2009 UEFA Championship Qual. 1
9 7 March 2009 Paralimni Stadium, Paralimni Template:Fbw 2–2 2009 Cyprus Cup 1
10 28 August 2009 Finnair Stadium, Helsinki Template:Fbw 3–2 2009 UEFA Championship 1
11 10 September 2009 Olympic Stadium, Helsinki Template:Fbw 2–6 2009 UEFA Championship 1
12 17 May 2011 Kassam Stadium, Oxford Template:Fbw 2–0 Friendly 1
13 28 February 2012 GSP Stadium, Larnaca Template:Fbw 3–1 2012 Cyprus Cup 1
14 21 June 2012 Ob Jezeru, Velenje Template:Fbw 4–0 UEFA Euro 2013 Qual. 1
17 21 September 2013 Dean Court, Bournemouth Template:Fbw 6–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Qual. 3
18 5 March 2014 Ammochostos Stadium, Larnaca Template:Fbw 2–0 2014 Cyprus Cup 1
19 5 April 2014 Falmer Stadium, Brighton and Hove Template:Fbw 9–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Qual. 1
21 3 August 2014 Victoria Park, Hartlepool Template:Fbw 4–0 Friendly 2
22 21 August 2014 Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff Template:Fbw 4–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Qual. 1
24 21 August 2014 Stadion Pod Malim Brdom, Petrovac Template:Fbw 10–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Qual. 2
25 13 June 2015 Moncton Stadium, Moncton Template:Fbw 2–1 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup 1
26 17 June 2015 Olympic Stadium, Montreal Template:Fbw 2–1 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup 1
27 12 April 2016 N/FSBIH Training Center, Zenica Template:Fbw 1–0 UEFA Euro 2017 Qual. 1
30 4 June 2016 Adams Park, Wycombe Template:Fbw 7–0 UEFA Euro 2017 Qual. 3
31 20 September 2016 Den Dreef, Leuven Template:Fbw 2–0 UEFA Euro 2017 Qual. 1

Great Britain OlympicEdit

In June 2012 Carney was named in the 18-player Great Britain squad for the 2012 London Olympics.[19] She played in all four games as Great Britain were beaten 2–0 by Canada in the last eight.[20]




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  11. "Karen Carney: Football Association appalled by rape and death threats on Instagram". BBC Sport. 18 October 2018. Retrieved 20 October 2018. 
  12. Tony Leighton (4 August 2009). "England drop Yankey for Euro 2009". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 August 2009. 
  13. Richard Williams (8 September 2009). "Could Hope Powell be the best hope to succeed Fabio Capello?". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  14. Rudd, Alyson (2014-11-24). "Germany show class to rain on Karen Carney’s parade". The Times. 
  15. Lavery, Glenn (11 May 2015). "England squad named for FIFA Women's World Cup". The Football Association. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  16. Magowan, Alistair (14 June 2015). "Women's World Cup 2015: Kirby England's mini Messi – Sampson". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  17. Magowan, Alistair (17 June 2015). "England Women 2 – 1 Colombia Women". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 
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